“My only strength is finding something where most people find nothing” (Mary Pratt)
I made a bit of a pilgrimage through the weather on a rainy, windy November morning to the take in Mary Pratt's, one of Canada's most beloved realist painter, 50-Year Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
It is her tremendous ability to ennoble the everyday, to elevate it to the near sacred that sets her apart. As a wife and mother of four living in rural Newfoundland, Pratt's finds beauty and difficulty in the everyday; from breakfast time ("Eggs in an Egg Crate", 1975) to Sunday dinner ("Basting the Turkey", 2003), to bathing a baby ("Child with Two Adults", 1983), her imagery is a powerful reminder of the rich and complex feelings that hover around what might be considered mundane.
But, wow! It is "Jelly Shelf", 1999 that makes us stop and inhale sharply. It is extraordinary.
It is fabulous show! In the company of these rich, lively images, I quickly forgot the rain, dripping from my umbrella.